Vaggelis lives in London. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Macedonia in Greece and has obtained an MSc in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics.
1. How do you personally experience the financial crisis? Cuts, we have to pay more taxes and when I am on the phone with my family, who lives back in Greece, I can feel the disappointment over the current issues.
2. What is the psychological impact on Greeks? Over the last twenty months everybody talks about the crisis in any social activity. During this period the fear of what is about to happen tomorrow is what has psychologically exhausted the Greeks in my view.
3. How much are people to blame and how much the politicians for the situation?
It is a split responsibility for sure, but I believe that the politicians could have taken actions to prevent the current situation over the last 10 years and they didn’t go for the best set of actions as this would have affected their short-term benefit.
4. What is your opinion on the relation between politics and economy?
High degree of interconnections but when it comes to the applied side of economic issues I feel that qualified and experienced professionals can guarantee more reasonably projected results than politicians.
5. What is your opinion on corruption?
Corruption can exist in both capitalism and communism. So it’s not about bankers and politicians. It is about people.
6. What is the role of the country in the European Union and the Eurozone?
Greece is a European country, as the European history starts in Greece. When it comes to Eurozone, it is in favour of Greece to belong in the EEA.
7. Do foreigners have a clear image of the situation in Greece?
No. International media overemphasize and mainly broadcast images of minorities to show an extent to the issues greater than what really is, making it even more difficult to balance the situation.
8. Will the change of Prime Minister improve the country’s position?
Yes, since this will at least ensure political stability to a certain extent for the next four months.
9. In which ways should the Greek system change?
Less bureaucracy for sure. And please upgrade education by making it competitive. Yes, I mean give rights to private Universities in Greece that are not currently officially recognized as equal by the state. It is not a big secret that MIT is not state owned.
10. Will this ordeal have any positive outcomes for the political, social or economic situation in Greece?
People already have a good exposure to the current reality. Five years back people had a very bad relation with their finances.
11. Are you afraid of what the future holds?
I am positive about the future and I would suggest the same approach to all the parties that influence the future of my country.
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